It’s International Women’s Day today, 8th March 2019, and it seemed like a good opportunity to talk to the women at Ortho Consulting Group (OCG) about their roles in the business, what inspires them in the workplace and their proudest achievements. We also discussed who they consider to be inspirational women and how they see the future of women in business.
I work on the operational side at OCG making sure the business runs smoothly behind the scenes. I work part time, flexible hours to fit my job in with my family, which works well for me. It means time management and planning is essential though and learning to say no!
A business which embraces flexible working can reap the rewards of attracting talent who might not have otherwise been able to apply for the job. I’ve been inspired by loads of people (men & women!) in teams and businesses I’ve worked in. Female senior leaders are especially impressive as they are still breaking through a traditionally male-dominated ceiling. There is still a perception that women must behave like the candidates on ‘The Apprentice’ to cut through and be impressive.
“The most successful women in business I have worked with are just themselves. They believe in themselves. They believe that they are equal. They believe that they can make a difference. And they believe that they can contribute positively to success”.
I’m not one to reflect – it’s something I should do a lot more of. We all should. When I think back on my proudest achievements, I have had many more than I first thought. Having the opportunity to be part of the awesome communications team at O2, launching the iPhone and The O2 venue was a highlight. And winning a company-wide award for creativity and innovation at AXA. But above those, carving myself a work-life balance that works for me, my children and the business is one of my proudest working achievements. It’s really hard to do as you can feel torn in every direction, and you have to make some tough decisions to break from the norm, but it CAN be done. Especially when you find a company like OCG who makes flexible working a success. Everybody wins.
My interest in Orthopaedics started with myself becoming an amputee. The role as a researcher in this field was a fantastic opportunity for me. My main responsibility at OCG is to find distributors within the Orthopaedic market. I have also just recently got involved with the executive search side of the business, researching applicants’ CV’s.
I am able to do the majority of my work from home, which means being very disciplined with my time.
The flexibility of being able to fit work around family life is great. Hopefully more companies will follow suit and introduce flexible working hours where possible.
“I really enjoy my job and I feel like a valued member of the team. We all support one another in and outside of work. Most importantly we understand what is required of us all, making our working environment an exciting, fun place to be”.
Inspirational people for me are those that I have personally come into contact with through various walks of life or who I have worked with throughout my career. My life experiences have shown me to be honest, believe in myself and going with what is true to me. I have had to learn to deal with life changing experiences, which have been difficult at times but overall it has made me a stronger person.
I’m hopeful that both my son and daughter will have the same equal opportunities in the workplace in whatever they decide to do in the future.
Executive search is my predominant focus at Ortho Consulting Group, but I am also involved with other projects and help manage the finance function in the business. What really inspired me when I joined in 2010, and still motivates me now, was Matt’s flexible approach to women in the workplace.
I’ve been lucky to work the hours that suit me and as a result have a genuine work-life balance.
From a commercial perspective, this means I can give 100% to my job and consistently go above and beyond for my team. My proudest achievement at OCG is making the highest value executive search placement in the history of the company. I’m also proud of my achievements and work experience prior to joining the OCG team. My nursing career and International Product Management experience helps drive successes in my work today.
“In Orthopaedics, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some exceptional female leaders who exhibit great talent in what is traditionally a male-dominated environment”.
For the future, I hope that more employers embrace the concept of flexible working. It’s well-documented that these arrangements can help to increase productivity and enhance employee engagement and loyalty. I’d like to think that by the time my children are in employment there will be a further move to gender balance at work.
Matt Woods, Founder of Ortho Consulting Group commented; “I’m proud to have built a balanced team who can all play to their strengths and deliver best-in-class results irrespective of their gender or hours worked. I’m committed to a culture of equality in the workplace and have direct experience of how this approach is practical and has a positive business impact”
About International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD 2019) is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.
The theme for IWD 2019 is #BalanceForBetter, recognising the growing global push for professional and social equality. The aim of the theme is to encourage gender balance in boardrooms, in the media and in wealth as a way for economies to thrive.
About Ortho Consulting Group
Our business is focused on providing Orthopaedic and Spine manufacturers with a consultancy service to grow their OUS business. We can source and manage your sales channels and help you build your executive team. The key to our success is that we don’t only sit behind a desk, instead we spend time in the OUS markets, co-travelling with manufacturers and distributors to understand what is needed to be successful and then providing a clear route to market.